Lac Blanc Hike: A View of Mont Blanc Like You've Never Seen Before

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Few mountains in the world appeal to the imagination like Mont Blanc. Towering high above any other peak in the European Alps, reaching the summit of Western Europe's highest mountain is for alpinists only. It is possible to hike around it on the Tour du Mont Blanc but this takes at least a week. What is the best way to see Mont Blanc on a short hike? At we created a punchy two-day trek via the most scenic viewpoint of the Mont Blanc massif: Lac Blanc.

There is good reason why we call this trek Best of Tour du Mont Blanc. It's the perfect combination of otherworldly views, excellent trails and the chance to see wildlife like the Alpine Ibex. All this is topped up by staying at one of the great mountain huts overlooking the Chamonix Valley. Are you up for the hike of your life? Join us on the Lac Blanc hike and get a taste of what the Tour du Mont Blanc is all about! Allez!

Where Is Lac Blanc?

Lac Blanc is a small alpine lake in the vicinity of Chamonix-Mont Blanc (Haute-Savoie) in the south-east of France, close to the borders with Switzerland and Italy. It is located in the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve, known for its big population of Alpine Ibex. Lac Blanc is on the route of the last stage of the Tour du Mont Blanc route at an altitude of 2340 meters.

Where Is Lac Blanc?

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When to Visit Lac Blanc?

The best time to do the Lac Blanc hike is during the summer months, July until September, when the route has little snow and the weather is usually good. Outside these months, the logistics get more complicated because many of the hostels and mountain huts on the route are closed. If we had to recommend a more specific time, it would be the second half of August and the first half of September. During this period, the number of trekkers and mountaineers is lower, the weather is usually quite pleasant and the light is perfect for taking photographs of the Mont Blanc Massif.

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The Panorama From Lac Blanc Across The Mont Blanc Massif

What do you see when you’re looking across the Chamonix Valley? There are 11 main mountain summits and a whole bunch of side peaks, cols and ridges. With 4808 meters / 15,744 feet (the exact measured height has changed in the past years) the highest peak visible is Mont Blanc. It's the white bulky mountain you can spot at the right side of the panorama. Some of the spiky peaks in the center of the view are the Aiguille du Plan, Aiguille de Blaitière and Aiguille du Grépon, all around 3500 meters high. One of the most famous peaks among alpinists is the Dent du Gèant, the pointy peak just left of the dip in the massif. Finally you’ve got the Grand Dru, another iconic pillar in the Mont Blanc massif. Below is the complete panorama, as shown from Lac Blanc.

The Panorama From Lac Blanc Across The Mont Blanc Massif

How to Get to Lac Blanc?

Lac Blanc is, as the crow flies, close to Chamonix. Fortunately, getting to Chamonix is quite easy. Chamonix is located only 103 kilometers away from Geneva International Airport, the second-largest airport in Switzerland. There are several transport options for you to get to this beautiful city depending on where you are departing from.

By Plane: Flying is the most convenient and fastest way to get to Chamonix. Geneva International Airport is the closest airport, and it has more flight options available from more destinations than any other airports. From Geneva, you can take a direct shuttle from the airport to Chamonix.

By Car: If you are in southern France, or just across the border from Chamonix in Italy or Switzerland, it is fairly easy to drive there. Locally there are plenty of options yo park your car whilst you are trekking.

By Train: There is a train station right in the center of town. Traveling to Chamonix by train isn't necessarily the easiest or fastest option, but it is definitely the one with the least impact on the environment. On your way to Chamonix, you will have to change trains a few times along the way. The silver lining is that you are allowed to carry more luggage without additional charges.

By Bus: Coach or long-distance buses are another option to get to Chamonix. The good thing about these buses is that they tend to be quite cheap and are more environmentally friendly than flying.

Lac Blanc itself is perched high up on the southern edge of the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve. The closest place to start your journey to the lake is the lower station of the La Flégère cable car at an altitude of 1100 meters. You can get here by taxi or train (get off at Les Praz-des-Chamonix). There are basically three ways to go up. Most people opt for the gondola to Refuge de la Flégère and start hiking from there. You could take a chairlift further up (the Index lift) so the hike doesn’t have any climbing anymore. From the top of this lift it’s a fairly flat hike of 3 km to Lac Blanc. Purists may consider gondolas cheating and hike from Les Praz all the way to the lake. Whatever your style, the epic views remain the same.

How to Get to Lac Blanc?

Can I Hike around Lac Blanc?

Yes, you can get to Lac Blanc on foot as it is part of the Tour du Mont Blanc route. Thanks to the gondolas and chairlifts it’s easier than you might think after a first glance at the map. The most interesting hiking is higher up and you save quite some time by taking the gondola to La Flégère. There’s a vast network of trails that cross various nature reserves like Aiguilles Rouges, Passy and Vallon de Bérard. At we plotted a great trek that focuses on the great views towards Mont Blanc and the many peaks around it. Lac Blanc is the absolute highlight of the trek.

Can I Hike around Lac Blanc?

Lac Blanc Hike

The Lac Blanc Hike is at a high elevation, skipping the tiring climb from the bottom of Chamonix by taking the Flégère gondola to higher ground. You'll climb in less than two hours to Lac Blanc, famous for its iconic views across all the peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif. The trail continues to the upper Chamonix valley, where you stay in the charming Gîte le Moulin. On day two you loop back to La Flégère via a different route with epic views of the roof of Western Europe.

Best of Tour du Mont Blanc: Lac Blanc

This epic two-day hike via Lac Blanc is packed with highlights. It's a great taster of the Tour du Mont Blanc and who knows this accessible trek will leave you crave for more!

Chamonix / La Flégère - Gîte Le Moulin

Duration: 03:45 h
Distance: 10.4 km
Ascent: 500 m
Descent: 1020 m
Lowest Point: 1350 m
Highest Point: 2350 m
On the north side of Chamonix, take the gondola to La Flégère, skipping more than 700 meters of ascent on foot. The path to Lac Blanc is way-marked. Start ascending towards the north, passing the tiny Lac de la Flégère after roughly half an hour. From here the terrain is less developed and there's a good chance to spot Ibex from close up. After an our and a half walk you'll reach Refuge du lac Blanc where you can grab a bite and a drink. Lac Blanc is behind the hut and is a must-visit, with epic views across the Mont Blanc Massif. The route bends to the east and passes Lac de Chéserys. When you reach the ridge line from where you can see the valley, stay on the level path keeping the same altitude. After a couple of kilometers, the trail starts descending and ends up in zigzags to the road (across you see a car park). Turn right and follow the road to Tré-le-Champ Haut. From here, descend to the village of Les Frasserands where you will stay for the night in the lovely Gîte Le Moulin.

Gite Le Moulin

Gite Le Moulin

Gîte Le Moulin - Chamonix / La Flégère

Duration: 03:10 h
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 780 m
Descent: 250 m
Lowest Point: 1340 m
Highest Point: 2090 m
Go back uphill to Tré-le-Champ Haut. Do not follow yesterday's route, but take the path straight across the road. The path rises gradually at first. At the fork, keep right and zigzag up briefly before the path straightens out again. The hardest part of the hike is half an hour further at the Aiguille d'Argentière. Three ladders take you up the escarpment from where you continue to the trail junction you past yesterday called La Tête Aux Vent. Turn left and descend in a southwesterly direction. Keep descending to La Flégère where you take the gondola back to Chamonix.

What Else Can You Do In and Around Chamonix?

Chamonix is the outdoor capital of Europe and you notice this the moment you enter town. Everybody looks like they’re on their way to some kind of adventure, whether it’s hiking, biking or mountaineering. Outdoor enthusiasts can keep themselves busy on the trails, glaciers, MTB routes and even rivers for an entire summer. What if you are not really into adventure sports? Well, there are other ways to enjoy the mountains around Chamonix. There’s a big network of gondolas taking you to spectacular places without having to raise the heartbeat for a second. You can take the cable car to one of Mont Blanc’s most famous peaks, Aiguille du Midi at a whopping 3842 meters! It’s as close as most will get to the summit of Mont Blanc. Some experiences are more implicit, like enjoying the local Savoyan cuisine in one of the great restaurants in town. Tartiflette, Fondu Savoyarde or Gratin de Crozets anyone? If you’re into mountains, Chamonix will sort you out.

What Else Can You Do In and Around Chamonix?

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